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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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On pen vk 1000mg bid since thurs for strep and sunusitis. Now cough with chunky yellow-green sputum. Need recheck?

On pen vk 1000mg bid since thurs for strep and sunusitis. Now cough with chunky yellow-green sputum. Need recheck?

Other bacteria: If you know that you have strep and are on an adequate dose of penicillin, then one of two possibilities exist. 1.) you have a viral infection and the antibiotic is not helpful and 2.) there are other bacteria in your respiratory tract that are not sensitive to penicillin. Get a throat culture and determine what bacteria, if any, are present and a sensitivity to determine the correct antibiotic. ...Read more

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I have a cold/flu, but when I cough, it tastes metallic and my sputum is yellow/green.. Is this bad? Could it be from smoking?

I have a cold/flu, but when I cough, it tastes metallic and my sputum is yellow/green.. Is this bad? Could it be from smoking?

Smoking!: Ok, people often get yellow/green sputum from uri's and as long as it resolves within a week or so then patients do well. If it doesnt resolve after 7-10 days or if it gets worse then see your primary md. Smoking is bad for your lungs period. It prevents the lung from clearing out infections. And yes, it can be from smoking. The metallic taste can be from the smoking or from the current uri. ...Read more

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I've had a cough (sputum ranging from green/yellow/light brown to white/clear) for a month. Now feeling like I inhaled sea water . Ideas on Causes?

I've had a cough (sputum ranging from green/yellow/light brown to white/clear) for a month. Now feeling like I inhaled sea water . Ideas on Causes?

See MD!: Please see a doctor ASAP! While coughs can sometimes last for a month, they should be improving. You sound like you are not getting better. You may need a sputum culture and/or a chest xray. You may also need antibiotics and/or other medication. ...Read more

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Hard to breathe from nose, yellow sputum, painful cough, fatigue, and upper chest pain. No fever.

Hard to breathe from nose, yellow sputum, painful cough, fatigue,  and upper chest pain. No fever.

Infection: These symptoms are consistent with a viral upper respiratory tract infection which usually resolves without specific treatment in a week or so. Signs that a more serious infection is present include fever,chills,sweats,worsening cough, chest pain on deep breathing,increasing discolored sputum, and shortness of breath. See your physician if your symptoms persist or worsen?chest xray,antibiotics ...Read more

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What should I take as I am having sore throat, yellow greenish sputum, cough, flu, yellow greenish mucus, lost of voice for 3 to 4 days?

What should I take as I am having sore throat, yellow greenish sputum, cough, flu, yellow greenish mucus, lost of voice for 3 to 4 days?

See PCP: It's probably viral and will probably resolve in 5-7 days, but it is always good to get checked by your pcp or walk in clinic to make sure. ...Read more

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Two weeks i had post nasal drip all day. Then felt dizzy and weak tired chest hurt i developed cough w yellow sputum still feel tired out of breath?

Evaluation: This presentation could be allergies, asthma, an upperrespiratory infection or any combination of the above.I suggest a thorough medical and allergic workup and lung testing. ...Read more

Dr. Layne Gentry
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Sputum (Definition)

Sputum is mucus that comes up from the lungs and can be ...Read more